What brings you joy?
I’m not talking the big picture JOY, just the little everyday moments of joy that you can pick out from the chaos and feel slightly okay about life (that’s the bare minimum – hopefully, it’s not that bad!)
These are the important things, the milestone moments in each day. Some are felt deep, and some are just silly.
My quirky joys include:
Opening a new jar of peanut butter. There’s something about that first scoop with the knife, and the many possibilities that one action can create, artistically speaking. The first time it happened to me (or the first time I noticed the pure awesomeness of this occasional occasion), I thought to myself automatically – it’s going to be a great day! And guess what?! That was almost 15 years ago, and now every time I open a new jar of peanut butter, I say to myself, IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!
Drinking coffee from my Scotty’s mug. I ordered coffee once at Scotty’s Brewhouse. (Special shout out to the Totchos! My life has been changed forever since discovering I could dip tater tots into nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, bacon, and sour cream. I digress). I fell in love with the mug! It’s not especially pretty to look at, but I just liked how thick it was, and how the coffee slid over the rim into my mouth. Anyway, every morning that I reach into the cupboard and grab that mug among all the others, I say, IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!
And speaking of coffee – that brings me to my real joy.
Drinking coffee from a real mug (not a travel mug) at my kitchen table, while my world is still sleeping. After I became a mom, I quickly discovered that alone time comes at a premium, and by the end of the day, that alone time means I’m escaping my life to venture into the lives of my favorite Office or HIMYM characters. Fun, but not exactly refreshing or re-energizing. Now, I set my alarm a little early every morning to make sure I get a full cup in before the babe stirs. I create the space in my day to set my mind on the day ahead. To say a prayer or fit in a little devotion time. 10 minutes is all I need to make a difference in my whole day. Life-changing stuff.
I’m a firm believer that the more we look for joy, the more we find it – in the extraordinary and in the mundane. And the more we find joy, we find ourselves!